Wilmington Hammerheads FC grabbed one point in the USL Pro standings following a 1-1 draw with Charleston Battery on Saturday at Legion Stadium. Saturday’s match was the third of a four-game series scheduled between the two sides during the current USL regular season.
Nearing the end of the first half, Charleston’s Dane Kelly made a 50-yard breakaway down the sideline looking to put the Battery on the board, but as Kelly entered the penalty box he collided with Hammerheads goalkeeper Andre Rawls after he clearly had possession, resulting in Kelly’s ejection.
Rawls was then taken off the field and Larry Jackson was put in goal.
Sunny Jane put Wilmington up by one goal in the 69th minute as he notched his first tally of the regular season when Christian Bassogog sent a cross that was deflected off the punch by Battery goalkeeper Odisnel Cooper. Jane finished on the header before Wilmington allowed one past the goal line late in the second half as Charleston inched closer into Hammerheads territory before Ashani Fairclough attempted to block a Charleston cross from his position at the top of the penalty box, but instead unintentionally made contact that resulted in a long backwards deflection to level the match.
Wilmington and Charleston are scheduled to meet on the pitch again on July 18 at Blackbaud Stadium to finish out their four-game series. Wilmington is set to host New York Red Bulls II at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 13, at Legion Stadium.
Sharks smoke Wilson Tobs
The Wilmington Sharks (5-4) used a four-run second inning to defeat the Wilson Tobs (4-8) 7-1 on Saturday to grab a bounce back win and moved to 6-4 overall.
Cody Tyler (2-0) got his second win of the season by striking out six, while Nick Rotola (Oral Roberts) and Sam Foy (Davidson) each had two hits.
Wilmington picked up four runs early and never looked back. Foy hit a leadoff single to start the second and moved up to second as Jae Roberts (N. Greenville) drew a walk. Andrew Locklear (N. Greenville) single to center to drive in Foy and Brett Smith (Bucknell) was plucked to load the bases as the lineup card turned over for Nick Rotola, who cleared the bases on a three run extra base hit to put the game out of reach.
The Sharks travel to Edenton on Monday to face the Steamers. The Wilson Tobs will have a chance to avenge Saturday night’s loss as they will be hosted by the Sharks on Tuesday night.